Seaspray Surf Club has capped off this season with an impressive performance at the 2021 Life Saving Victoria Youth/Senior Victorian Life Saving State Championships in Lorne.

The 15-strong contingent from Seaspray lined up against 700 athletes representing 30 surf life saving clubs from across the state.

While the challenging conditions forced the postponement of the surf boat events, the Seaspray team again showed its skill and talent in the surf and on the sand.

Jessica Jackson continued her top form this season, winning gold in the beach flags to become the under 19 Victoria champion. She placed fourth in the open beach flags and in the under 19 beach sprint.

Jessica teamed up with Bridget Brown and two competitors from Altona Surf Life Saving Club to win silver in the open mixed relay. The pair won a second silver in the under 19 mixed relay with two competitors representing Chelsea and Williamstown surf clubs.

Bridget won her third silver medal in the under 19 beach sprint and came seventh in both the under 19 beach flags and the open beach sprint.

Courtney McDonough also came home from Lorne with four medals: two gold, a silver and a bronze.  She placed second in the under 17 two-kilometre beach run, first in the under 17 mixed relay, first in the under 19 female relay in a composite team with competitors from Hampton, and third in the under 17 beach flags.  She also came fifth in the under 17 beach sprint.

Zali Gallagher was awarded the silver medal in the under 15 beach flags and came fourth in the under 15 beach sprint, while her older brother Owen Gallagher came home with bronze in the under 17 beach sprint.

Tom Fleming and James Robbins secured fifth place in the under 19 double ski, while Rod Centra made the final of the men’s open ski event.

Seaspray Surf Club President Chris Fleming said the club was proud of its athletes’ achievements.

“All of our members who compete at state and national level carnivals train hard and are dedicated to their sport – and these outstanding results are proof of that,” Mr Fleming said.

“Competing against other surf life saving clubs is an important way that we ensure our surf life savers maintain their skills and fitness and remain ‘rescue ready’.

“These results are testament to their hard work and everyone at the club is proud of what they have achieved and for the work they do for our community.”

Patrols will continue at Seaspray until the season ends on April 18 on Saturdays from 1pm to 4pm and on Sundays and public holidays from 10am to 4pm.

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